IPL: CSK rope in Lakshmipathy Balaji as bowling coach
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IPL: CSK rope in Lakshmipathy Balaji as bowling coach

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Chennai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will head into the forthcoming season of IPL with the coaching staff to be headed by Stephen Fleming while former India cricketer Lakshmipathy Balaji has been roped in as the bowling coach.

The team, which is keen to get back its core team, has already retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.

CSK CEO KS Viswanathan announced at a promotional event here today that Fleming, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey (batting coach) and Balaji would form part of the coaching set-up while trainer Gregory King and physio Tommy Simsek from the old set up would also remain.

Fleming, who played for the team, was the coach till it was suspended. He donned the role of coach for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Hussey too was with CSK from 2008 till 2013 before returning (in 2015) after a stint with Mumbai Indians.

"We like to retain the core team because of which we are retaining the entire support staff, with Fleming as the head coach and Hussey as the batting coach and Balaji, the local boy, as bowling coach," he said.

"Also, we will be retaining the physio Tommy Simzek and trainer Gregory King," the CSK CEO added.

CSK is gearing up for a comeback to IPL after a two-year ban following the spot-fixing scam.

Dhoni, who was present at the event said the key is to get back the core group and form a s...

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